Northern Ireland has a flourishing life sciences sector, supporting 18,000 full-time jobs throughout NI.
A vibrant cluster of 250+ businesses, made up of a mix of international investors and local companies, is helping to establish Northern Ireland’s reputation for innovation in the health technology sector and a strong scientific research base.
The life sciences sector has seen a boom in recent years with employment in both pharmaceuticals and medicines manufacturing increasing by 6% since the last tally in 2015, and wider life sciences employment increasing by 12% in the same period.
Life sciences activity generates an annual GVA – the value of goods and services produced by a sector – for Northern Ireland of over £1.1 billion. This is driven primarily by the pharmaceutical industry which employs 13,900 people and generates a GVA of £910 million.
For every 100 FTE (full-time equivalent) employees working in the wider life sciences industry, an additional 260 jobs are supported elsewhere in Northern Ireland’s economy.
Life sciences is now the joint second-biggest spender on R&D in Northern Ireland alongside the machine industry, investing £74 million in 2018 according to the latest NISRA data.
ABPI Northern Ireland works with stakeholders in academia, government, clinical research and industry to:
ABPI Northern Ireland is led by Interim Public Affairs Manager Marion Laverty.